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Quentin Cooper Visit

As 3pm approached on Tuesday 22nd of November, a recognisable yet intriguing voice could be heard emanating from the museum of the Joseph Black Building.

Quentin Cooper was in the building!

The science journalist and facilitator known to most for his 14 years at the helm of Radio 4's Material World, was in Edinburgh to talk about how society can dispel the stereotypical images of scientists, as part of the Enlightenment Lecture series.

SIAS Rural Tour 2017

Last week, Ariana Jones and Hannah Levene set out to tour high schools in the Scottish Highlands in a car full of high-tech kit (value several times more than the car)!

Funded by the RSC Spectroscopy in A Suitcase programme and supported by the loan of a benchtop NMR by the School of Chemistry, they brought with them FT-IR, UV and benchtop NMR spectrometers to inspire high school students and to show them the wonders of spectroscopy.

Fantastic Plastic

March saw us get involved with STEM week at Prestonfield Primary, with the students enjoying a break from their usual lessons to receive visits from the Holyrood Park Rangers, the RSPB and university researchers from a range of disciplines.

Midlothian Science Festival

One dark and rainy October morning, eleven volunteers from the School of Chemistry ventured into the heart of Midlothian to bring exciting chemistry to the Science Gala Day at the Midlothian Science Festival. Visitors were able to make bags of polymer slime, learn about pollution and UV-visible spectroscopy, and have a go at making their own molecules. It was great to see visitors of all ages joining in, and even some of the other stall holders! 

Dunbar SciFest 2016

The School of Chemistry Public Engagement team headed over to Dunbar on the 5th and 6th March 2016, to take part in the Dunbar SciFest.

An early start was required to travel and get all set up by 10am to welcome the first visitors of the day. Happily, from the very start our slime production line was a hit, with an estimated bag of slime made every two minutes for 14 hours over the two days.